I’m always looking for good tools to help me organize life. And I’ve found a great Jewish planner to help!
***Note: I purchased my own copy of this, and am not being given anything to post about it. But I wanted to pass the planner information on to anyone who is looking for a good one!***
This planner is made with the Jewish woman in mind. It’s got both a monthly page spread…
…and a weekly page spread.
I love having the Hebrew dates easily accessible near the English ones, and I like having the holidays marked already. (It’s no problem if you don’t read Hebrew because everything is in English – see pictures for an example.) I still draw over them with a highlighter for easy identification, but at least I don’t have to guess if it’s the day of the evening before with this book. I like having Shabbat (the Sabbath) already scheduled in, including which parsha (Torah portion) each week has, and I like the Jewish inspiration sprinkled throughout the book (like, “The loudest noise in Creation is the sound of a person breaking a habit.” -Rav Yisrael Salanter).
The Balabusta’s Daily Organizer also has a good-sized section of planning pages in the back: candlelighting times for 24 cities (mostly US), pages for notes, a phone number and address section, a medical health info section, a weekly routine planning section, a 3-week menu planning section, recurring shopping lists, birthdays reminder, a borrow and loan record, Shabbat checklist, and an excerpt from Rebbetzin Kanievsky’s book. You may not use any of these, but you might find them useful, too.
Here’s my overall review:
-Sept 2012-Dec 2013 covered in full
-separate weekly and monthly pages. Many calendars do one or the other, but I like having both.
-weekly to-do list side-by-side with the weekly calendar
-shopping list and menu plan next to the weekly calendar (see photos)
-Jewish holidays already put in, and Jewish dates already marked
-Jewish quotes throughout
-Spiral binding so a pen can stay with it
-planning pages in the back: menu, routine, birthdays, etc.
-too big for most purses / handbags
-monthly pages are interspersed with the weekly pages, so it doesn’t flow as well as it could.
-no way to mark place included – I’m using little post-it flags, but it would be nice if there was a ribbon, monthly tabs, or if the little to-do / menu sidebars were perforated like this secular one.
All told, this is a great planner for me. I’m mostly home-based, and usually scheduling something after an e-mail or phone call and not on the go. The post its come off and I replace them as needed, but I do find it frustrating to find the right page (maybe putting the months first for an overview, and then the weeks after for more details would help, too.) But the pros far outweigh the cons.
The Balabusta’s Daily Organizer could be the planner you are looking for!
Do you use a planner? Which one?